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Can Someone Clarify?

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Language, Washington DC by Kennedy HillLeave a Comment

“Calling for a cloture” “Votes required to stop a filibuster” “Includes sunset provisions” Languages are complex, vast, and often serve as a barrier between two people that speak different ones. Not only are the individual words different, but many times accents can stand in the way of a nonnative achieving that perfect pronunciation of a new language. If the language …

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Cómo se dice…

In Buenos Aires, The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Language by Nina1 Comment

The person you talk to most in the world is yourself. Internal conversations, funny thoughts, plans for the week. You can be open with yourself in a way that is difficult or even impossible with others. I am certainly no stranger when it comes to talking to myself, whether it is out loud or internally. I compose entire stories in …

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Wǒ shì měiguó rén

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Language, Shanghai by Miranda Burnham1 Comment

I remember one evening back in the US, I was watching Modern Family with my (modern-ish) family, enjoying the antics of Gloria, a Colombian woman married to a significantly older man, played by the beautiful Sofia Vegara. Now Modern Family is a great TV show in that it plays into, only to later whole-heartedly reject, “modern” stereotypes. Throughout this episode, the …

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Failure to Flirt

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Language, Madrid by Maggie Boreham1 Comment

It’s difficult for me to choose a time within the last three weeks where the language barrier has made me feel like a “near-idiot.” For you see…. There are just so many time this has happened. Just like any Pre-Med student—thinking they are already a doctor, and dishing out health advice to their friends like they are WebMd—I, as a …

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On Paris, and the Other

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Language, Paris by Firozah Najmi1 Comment

I’ve come to find that the best compliment a Parisian can give my language skills is not defaulting to English. Maybe it’s written on my face, or maybe it’s my poor attempt at a French accent, but I am immediately and clearly labeled as the Other when initiating casual conversation, especially in a commercial setting. Most service workers don’t noticeably change …

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The World in Terms of Language

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Language, Shanghai by Sammy SongLeave a Comment

If, according to recent trends, a fact cannot render the world unless predicated upon symbolic representation, any matter of fact must therefore be a discursive fact mediated through language inasmuch as cannot be said of property, causality, and the world otherwise unless in terms of meaningful, humanmade constructs. Hence the most fashionable theories of knowledge nowadays appeal to the representation …

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Quay: It’s pronounced “key”

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Language, Sydney by Christina Buru2 Comments

Australian, it’s not an official language, but it could be. British English and American English have a distinction between them and the Aussies have made English their own (although it is more aligned with the British version than the American version). We obviously speak the same language but there are interesting phrases and words that just make me stop and …

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In Florence, The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Language by Emily Molinelli1 Comment

Learning a language appears on everyone’s bucket list, and I have the opportunity to check off that task. Here is how the daydream goes: strolling through a market filled with fresh fruits and pastries, easily talking with the locals (while also picturing yourself 10 pounds lighter) but that is not how it plays out. This past summer I downloaded Duolingo …

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No Speako

In Florence, The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Language by Erica Pappas2 Comments

I probably should have tried to learn some Italian before coming to Italy. Before coming to Florence, I spent two days on my own in Bologna, jetlagged and speaking not one word of Italian. I wanted to meet people, but I didn’t even know how to say, “Hi, I’m Erica, how are you?” without reverting to a cavemannish, gesticulative HELLOOO. (both hands …

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I want to speak Italian, give me a chance

In Florence, The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Language by Akemi AielloLeave a Comment

The months leading up to this semester when I would tell people I’m going to Florence their first question would always be, “do you speak Italian?” No, I don’t. And I say that in the present tense since three weeks has taught me very little. But don’t worry, I’m not completely helpless I can survive my Italian classes without making …